SGD $40,000 development fund available for winning project

Calling all artists, designers, creative technologists and cultural professionals: FutureEverything is looking for participants for its Signals of Tomorrow Innovation Lab from Saturday 10th – Wednesday 14th October at the National Design Centre, Singapore. Over five days you will have the opportunity to share ideas, affect policy, co-design prototypes and create artistic responses to issues surrounding a ‘Smart Nation.’

Singapore’s Smart Nation agenda will have an impact on everyone living in Singapore. The Innovation Lab, designed by FutureEverything, is a chance for you to actively shape the future of the Smart Nation whilst gaining a more sophisticated understanding of what the future poses.

Working with world-leading practitioners in art, design and technology, you will be taken on a curated journey of research, citizen engagement, practical idea development, designing and prototyping over five days. This will culminate in your work being exhibited at the stunning ArtScience Museum, Singapore from Saturday 17th – Sunday 18th October as part of the FutureEverything Singapore festival. On day one, professional and community groups work with the design facilitators to develop scenarios for the future of Singapore. International and Singaporean designers and artists then lead creative teams to develop prototypes that give physical or digital form to the future scenarios.

As with all FutureEverything Labs, it will be a safe space to innovate and experiment, develop collaborations and encourage knowledge exchange between individuals and groups who do not often have the chance to work together. You will develop new relationships, new skills and new ways of approaching problems.

There is a SGD $40,000 development fund available for one winning project to help further develop their prototype after FutureEverything Singapore. The winning project will be invited to use this fund to present and exhibit the final work at the FutureEverything Festival in Manchester, March 2016.

To help develop your projects over this five day workshop, we have brought together a group of the world’s leading practitioners in art and design to facilitate the lab, lead the teams and provide critical feedback on your work as it evolves.

What do you gain?
FutureEverything Innovation Labs are an opportunity for you to work with some of the World’s most important artists on a project that you will scope and define in collaboration with them and other highly skilled specialists. The Lab will give you an opportunity to gain international profile for your work, you will exhibit your prototype at the Art Science Museum, you will be interviewed by international media from publications such as Wired and Wallpaper magazine and, if you are part of the winning team, you will be offered a platform to exhibit your work to over 800 artists, cultural organisations and leading professionals in Manchester, UK.

Lead Facilitator
Scott Smith (Critical Futurist)

Design Leads
Sam Hill & Ben Barker (PAN Studios)
Daniel Hirschmann (Technology Will Save Us)
Matthew Rosier (Playable Cities 2014 Award-Winning Interactive Experience Designer)
Andreas Schlegel (LASALLE Arts)
Debbie Ding (Designer, Singapore Psychogeographical Society)
Natalie Kane (FutureEverything)
Assemble (Turner Prize nominated architect collective.)

Is this for me?
Primarily, we are looking for Singapore based individuals (and teams) who can demonstrate expertise in art, design and technology. However, if you have a unique perspective that you think will add something to this event, then we would like to hear from you. This is not a technical hackathon, competition or coding challenge, and no special tools or training are required.

Time commitments

It is not compulsory to attend the full 5 days of the Innovation Lab. We need you to be there on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th of October, at the presentations on the afternoon of Wednesday the 14th, and at the ArtScience Museum for the Sunday showcase on the 18th of October. To get the most out of this experience you are encouraged to join us for the full event but we understand that this might not be possible due to other commitments.

If you have any questions, please contact Natalie Kane at FutureEverything.

To Apply
To apply to take part in the Signals of Tomorrow Innovation Lab, please click the Register button below.


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